Pont Alexandre Stars In Neptune List

Willie Mullins's Pont Alexandre was one of the star attractions in the latest entry list for the Grade One Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle, which saw 74 horses maintain their place in what is an intriguing betting heat.

The Co. Carlow star burst on to the scene when storming to victory in the Grade One Navan Novice Hurdle on his debut and he duly enhanced his reputation when sprinting clear of a decent field in tough conditions in a Grade Two contest at Leopardstown.

Now he will aim for his biggest win when he heads over from Ireland next month for the Cheltenham Festival and he has been installed as the market leader with all the bookmakers and could well be the next big thing at Mullins' sensational yard.

However, he will not have a simple task as Nigel Twiston-Davies's The New One has also kept his entry in the race and he will be hoping that he can bounce back to winning ways after suffering defeat to the Albert Bartlett-bound At Fishers Cross at Cheltenham on Festival Trials Day.

He was just outstayed that day in gluey conditions, so Twiston-Davies will be hoping for betting going on the second day of the Festival on March 13 and his emerging star can emulate his emphatic victory at Warwick earlier in the year.

Others that shine in the stellar list include Jonjo O'Neill's Taquin Du Seuil who was  a fine winner of the Challow Novices' Hurdle at Newbury, whilst Coneygree could well be another major player, with the likes of Gevrey Chambertin and Rule The World adding significant depth to a betting market that is dominated by the classy aforementioned duo of Pont Alexandre and The New One.

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